Korean BBQ: A tutorial by a foreigner

15 Mar


Hopefully, the title zaps any sort of creditability the author might bestow upon itself.

My friends have been teaching me the art of  cooking Korean BBQ at home. It’s an extremely useful skill for a guy living by himself in Seoul who is sick of going out to eat every night. The process of doing a Korean BBQ is simple in itself. I think the major difference is that this sort of BBQ is meant to be enjoyed with a lot of friends and a fair amount of booze.

Two other bits of news. First, as the blog pic (and hopefully my video) indicates, I got a new camera. W00t! I’m working on uploading a video in 720 HDMI, but we’ll see if that actually works or not.

Second, the video Hanafubuki favorited has reached more than 100 views. That’s a personal milestone for me. Check her vids and her tweets out. (Channel http://www.youtube.com/HANAFUBUKI, twitter account: http://www.twitter.com/Yoko_Shibata).

Happy Tuesday everyone! Check out my video and don’t be afraid to subscribe!


House Cleaning

15 Mar

Now that I’m vlogging more often, I’ve been getting the urge to maintain a blog that coincides with my vlogging activities. And since I already had this blog, I decided to do a bit of housecleaning. There was a bit of drama that occurred on this blog between myself and another blogger. The offending post has been removed. I stand by what I said, but the contents of that blog are irrelevant to the rest of the site.

I would have loved to attach a video to today’s post, but my internet has been slow. This was frustrating because I made major changes to the way I approach video and I was excited to share them with everyone, but it wasn’t meant to be. I’d announce those changes here… but I don’t want to give away anything.

Tomorrow’s a Monday… that means the start of another (work) week. Is there anyone who wakes up on a Monday morning excited to go to work on a regular basis?

And shoutout to Hanafubuki who favorited my laptop tour video. Check out her channel!


4 Jan

1. Happy New Year! Make 2010 special.

2. Remember that last video where I was talking about being sick? Turns out I had mono(nucleosis). I was sick for the rest of the month! And I have no idea how I got it.

3. I’ve decided that I don’t want to teach in Korea next year. As much as I enjoy this country (despite having a few less than positive experiences with some of the older locals this winter), I don’t enjoy studying the language and I don’t enjoy my time here as much as I did in the US. Besides, another language has been calling my name for far too long…

I was sick when I made this, hence the crazy camera angles and the cuts that don’t flow (and the scene of me in a shower). Not my best video.

Sick in Seoul

12 Dec

Hey everyone,

I’m sick. I’ve been sick for two weeks. Life pretty much sucks right now.

But thankfully (according to my boss and not me) I’m not contagious, so I’m fine to keep coming into work. Isn’t that a relief?

I’m just glad that I got sick in a huge city like Seoul and not a small town in the middle of Korea. Seoul has a couple of international clinics, such as the one at Yonsei Severance. Yonsei nice for guys like me because everyone speaks English pretty well (a blessing for me because my Korean is still at a beginner’s level), the doctors are really nice and they seem to know what they’re doing.

The other thing that’s nice about the hospital is that it’s cheap for people on the national health care plan. Cheap as in 18,000 Won. (Without insurance, my visit would have been about 50,000 Won. Compared to the US, that ain’t so bad, but it’s still about 3x what you pay with insurance.)

Turns out I have some sort of bacterial infection, and the prescription my doctor wrote should take it away by today.

Anyway, staying at home caused me to develop a bit of cabin fever. So I made this nice little video to reassure my family that I was still alive. It features the nice gap between my two front teeth. Enjoy.

Cool Blog

19 Nov

I plan to blog more tonight, but I’m not sure if that will happen or not.

But I did want to update to say I found the blog of a recruiter. The guy seems pretty legitimate in the advice he gives and about recruiting in general. Here’s the address:


I always told myself that if I ever started a recruiting business, I’d make sure we had a running blog in English.

Friday the 13th

15 Nov

I don’t beleive in curses. I don’t believe in good luck or bad luck. I beleive in coincidence, chance and the power of the human mind to frame a sequence of events in a certain way that makes one believe that some external force is creating a good or bad set of circumstances.

That said, my Friday the 13th weekend sucked.

Friday, we had testing all day. My students refused to do their work. We didn’t have enough tests to test everyone at once, which made the students who weren’t doing anyhing anxious and hard to deal with. I had to spend 300,0000 won on a bill that my boss didn’t pay.

So that evening, I ran out of the school, changed quickly and hopped the bus to Itaewon to meet up with my friend. We had a great time eating and drinking at the American style bar and afterward when we went to Jonggak and ate $100 of sushi for $40 ($20 each). But things went downhill from there. And because I don’t want to embarrass my friend, I won’t say exactly why, but I have a huge cultural misunderstanding to deal with (that wasn’t my fault!).

Saturday was also hectic. The day was quiet, and at night my friend Christina invited me to go have dinner with her at a resuraunt near her house. I had a great time catching up with her and talking about school and friends. It was one of the most ‘at home’ feelings I have had in a long time. She’s a great friend and I hope to be able to see her more.

But I was having such a good time that I wasn’t paying attention to the clock. So at 11:30, with 15 subwaystops and two line transfers between me and my house, I borded the subway. Halfway through my ride on line 2, at Euljiro Il (1)  Ga station, the subway stopped running for the night. I was still 7 subway stops from the station where I normally transfer to the bus.

The newbie Seoulite quickly learns that nowhere in Seoul is further than a taxi ride away. The experienced Seoulite makes sure to have enough cash on hand to take a taxi ride home BEFORE leaving to go out for the night. I’m still making the transition from newbie to experienced Seoulite.

I spent 20 minutes frantically searching for a KB Bank ATM to withdraw 30,000 won from. After I found one, I tried to catch a taxi home, but nobody knew how to get to Pyeongchang-Dong. It was the single most frustrating experience of my life.

I looked around a the street signs. Fortunately, I was in Jongno-Gu. Even more fortunately, I found my way to Jonggak. Near Jonggak is a road that goes to Anguk station, which is only 1 stop away from Gyonkbokkung Station where I get on the subway. Once I made it to Anguk, I hopped a Taxi to my apartment. I had spent nearly 2 hours out in the cold trying to find out how to get home.

That was yesterday. Today, Christina called me as soon as I woke up and told me that her parents wanted to take me shopping for winter clothes. I have never met Christina’s parents, so I eagerly accepted her invitation and spent 3 hours and 300,000 won purchasing a new wool jacket that I’ll be able to use for seasons to come.

Maybe unfortunate events come in actual phases and those phases are just more than a mental reframing that I have. Whether or not this weekend was full of ‘bad luck,’ it was probably the most trying weekend I’ve ever had in Korea.

Lack of posts

12 Nov

It’s funny how the second I sit down to write at the computer, all my thoughs for an update go out the window. 

I haven’t been successful in thinking out a blog post, despite an abundance of content. I guess just because so much has happend since I’ve been here, it’s hard to sort the mundane from the significant. In addition, what may be mundane to me may be terribly interesting to everyone else and vice versa.  So please forgive the lack of content. Maybe I’ll carry a notepad around with me 24/7 and make little updates. Until then, enjoy my monthly posts!